Friday, January 5

Something for agnostics, atheists, and other unbelievers to consider….

The truth of Christianity stands or falls on the physical resurrection of Christ. If Christ was not physically resurrected, then Christianity is a hoax. If he was resurrected, then Christianity is true and the Bible is proven true. If Jesus came forth from the grave, then the writers of Bible were certainly not lying about what they witnessed and observed. Paul made this point at the Areopagus when he told the men of Athens:

Acts 17:31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead."

God gave proof by raising Jesus from the dead is the message. Luke carefully investigated the events and said that Jesus was with his Apostles for forty days after the resurrections and before his ascension. Jesus gave them many convincing proofs that he was alive during this time and they also witnessed his ascension. It is either true or Jesus was not raised from the dead. If it is not true, I believe there are but two possibilities to consider:

(1) All of the Apostles and other eyewitnesses lied and went to great lengths to dispose of the body and establish a false religion…. For wealth, fame, and prosperity this would certainly be possible. Many false teachers have gained wealth and fame since Jesus walked on earth. However, the Apostles were persecuted, suffered, thrown in jail and most were killed for the gospel. Is it possible that people would go through this for a lie? Would a group of people suffer and die to promote something they knew to be a lie. There is zero chance of this being the case.
(2) All of the Apostles and other eyewitnesses were delusional….. They were so crazy that they all believed it were true and all of them promoted and suffered for a figment of their imagination. It is possible that one person or possibly even two or three could become so delusional, but to believe that many people were all out of their mind is absurd.
For the resurrection of Jesus to have not occurred requires many Apostles and disciples lying to bring suffering, persecution and death on themselves, or all of them being delusional. Neither of these possibilities make much sense; therefore, I would urge unbelievers to consider this carefully before dismissing the truth of Christianity.


Jonathan Moorhead said...

I've always like that proof too.

J. Wendell said...

Hi Jazzy Cat,
Great post! Does the record actually sight over 500 people that witnessed Jesus ascending into heaven? If that is true, how could that many people have the same hallucination? As you have pointed out, “It is possible that one person or possibly even two or three could become so delusional…” I know a couple of delusional people, and I assure you there delusions are completely unrelated.

In His fellowship,
Brother John

jazzycat said...

Jonathan and John,
Thanks for comments. Jonathan, I hope your mission support is forthcoming.

John, best wishes for you, Rose and that new baby.

Jonathan Moorhead said...

Thanks W. We are just getting started with this thing and have a LOT of financial work to do, but we are looking forward to seeing how God is going to work it out. Hopefully I'll have that first newsletter out in a couple of weeks. Thank you for your prayers.

John W. Loftus said...

Jazzycat, what about Lessing's broad ugly ditch?

Gojira said...

Not Jazzycat, but I did read your post mr. Loftus, and personally wasn't too impressed with it. Perhaps you should review your past diologues with Hays and Engwar.

A quick question for you Mr. Loftus: Do you think that dinosours once roamed the earth in numbers either plentiful or small?

jazzycat said...

Mr. Loftus,
Does this mean that you deny there were humans that knew and were eyewitnesses to the ministry of Jesus and wrote books of the Christian Bible? I am not asking you to affirm the content, but just the historical existence of authors of the New Testament.

Gojira said...

Hi Jazzy,

Concerning Mr. Loftus' catagories and what he will accept, you might also ask if he knows the probability of him having a great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather.

jazzycat said...

Good point. History happens. For an evolutionists it would take millions of grandfathers that would lead him back to the sea!